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How long do artichokes last?

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Fresh artichokes should last up to a week if stored in the refrigerator, unwashed and in a plastic bag. A little water sprinkled over them before sealing the bag helps them remain fresh.

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Fresh artichokes are easily kept in the refrigerator, either in a plastic bag or in a shallow bowl of water. If the artichokes still have stems attached, one can simply stand them up in a shallow bowl of water and refrigerate. Either of these methods allow artichokes to remain good for a week.

If one wants to freeze artichokes, there is a bit more preparation that needs to be done. Since raw artichokes do not freeze well, they should be cooked first.

  • Simply put chicken stock and desired seasonings in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  • Trim the stem and tough outer leaves off the artichokes and immerse in the boiling liquid for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove them from the liquid, allow to cool and sprinkle with lemon juice to halt any discoloration.
  • Put them into covered airtight containers or freezer bags and place in the freezer.
Artichokes will keep for an indefinite period of time if frozen at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Thaw them in the refrigerator or immerse in a pot of boiling water.

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